Must have apps when heading to the Super Bowl
There is this thing called a Super Bowl that is happening in San Francisco in February – apparently its a big thing in the USA… something to do with several teams bashing each other as they touchdown running over the opponents end zone. Clearly something this South African needs a serious crash course in!
As thousands of fans begin their pilgrimage from across the country to San Fran to the games, technology steps in and assists in making the entire experience a much more pleasant one.
On Route to the Super Bowl:
Gas prices in the US are not Government regulated as in other parts of the world. Therefore each gas station is able to charge whatever rate they deem is acceptable and this can vary dramatically. If you are driving, you need to be armed with an app such as GasBuddy. This allows you to see the price of gas around as you meander through towns and cities so you can decide where its cheaper to fill up.
If you use Google maps, you can also use the Gas icon to see the prices of gas stations along your route. Simply enter your destination and begin to navigate. Then press on the Magnifying Glass icon and select Gas Stations. Google will now show you the price that you will pay at the pump.
If you are flying in, then you should use GateGuru which keeps track of your flight itinerary, shops and restaurants at every lay-over location so you can plan your meals and rest as well as check on the wait time at security to see if you will make or miss your next flight.
During the Super Bowl:
One thing you can count on is that you are going to be surrounded by hundreds of other fans who too have journeyed to watch their favourite teams. Thousands more fans who did not get their hands on match tickets are going to be hanging out in parks and venues making coordinating a meeting place with family and friends challenging.
This is where an app such as MeetBall comes to the rescue. MeetBall lets fan share their location with their selected contacts and even send the location of where the car is parked so that the American pastime of Tailgating can take place.
While barbecuing and enjoying yet another alcoholic beverage, you can fire up your mobile phone or tablet and connect to your satellite TV provider’s app (such as DISH Anywhere, Time Warner Cable or AT&T U Verse) to catch any pre-game coverage and highlights.Simply select the station and press play and the content begins to stream over the 4G LTE network.
Post the Super Bowl:
If you are a Verizon customer, you can use the Verizon Cloud app to store your photos and videos that you will be snapping at the game. Verizon collaborated with RealNetworks® to create the system which automatically creates “Smart Albums” and “Stories” to keep your photographic memories organized and group together. These albums can also be shared with others.
If you have any other apps to recommend during the Super Bowl, let us know in the comments below.
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